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    COVID-19: Meghalaya issues new entry and exit protocols for visitors

    RT-PCR Testing at the entry points is mandatory for all persons visiting Meghalaya. Samples for RT-PCR testing shall be taken at entry points on a payment basis.

    Guwahati: The Meghalaya government has issued fresh entry and exit guidelines for the incoming visitors to the state in the wake of a spike in COVID-19 cases.

    Principal Secretary of the health department, Sampath Kumar issued a notification in this regard. According to the notification issued on June 9, the protocols mentioned will come into effect immediately.

    As per the notification, it is mandatory for all people entering Meghalaya to register themselves prior to their travel at: http://meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid/testing.htm and to download the Arogya Setu App and the Behavioural Change Management APP of Meghalaya from the Google play store.

    RT-PCR Testing at the entry points is mandatory for all persons visiting Meghalaya. Samples for RT-PCR testing shall be taken at entry points on a payment basis.

    Such persons shall proceed to their residence or place of stay and shall undergo home quarantine or paid quarantine for 7 days from the date of their arrival, regardless and the results shall be communicated to them.

    Persons exiting Meghalaya on the same day will also be tested for RT-PCR and the results shall be communicated to them.

    On entry, they shall strictly confine to their place of work and exit on the same day.

    Persons with a valid final certificate shall be exempted from testing.

    Government officials, technical staff, logistics experts who are engaged to perform duties related to projects pertaining to the Health & Family Welfare, Power Department, and telecommunications shall be exempted from testing at the Entry points on the production of RAT negative certificate or certificate of full vaccination.

    Employees belonging to other agencies providing essential services to the state as certified by the Home (Political) Department, Government of Meghalaya shall be exempted from testing at the entry points on the production of RAT negative certificate of full vaccination.

    However, in case such persons do not possess any of the above-mentioned certificates, they shall be tested by RAT at the entry point. Further, movements of such persons shall be confined to their place of work and they shall strictly adhere to the health protocols.

    Persons having symptoms on arrival at the entry point will have to be mandatorily tested by RT-PCR.

    Such persons shall proceed to their residence or place of stay and shall undergo home quarantine or paid quarantine for 7 days from the state of arrival regardless of their test results. It tested positive, SOP for home isolation or institutional isolation should be followed.

    Tests are usually available within 48 hours which shall be communicated through an SMS or can be checked online at www.coronamegh.in.

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